President Buhari: State Policing is Not an Option

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari stated that he understand that state police is not an option for Nigeria to attain peace.

President Buhari disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, which is scheduled to air at 7 pm on Wednesday, Daily Trust reports.

Different governors made calls for state police, the issue became a talking point after some policemen who laid a blockade to an estate in Magodo, Lagos, defied Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive to leave the place.

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Abimbola Oyemola, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said to the governor that he and his armed colleagues were at the estate on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; as well as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

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The issue had to trend a controversy on social media.

While speaking with Channels Television, President Buhari credited the tendency for Governors to abuse their powers as his argument against state police.

“State police is not an option… Find out the relationship between local government and the Governors. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it? Let the people in local government tell you the truth, the fight between local governments and the Governor.”

The president, Remarking on the security condition in the country, said traditional rulers must play a tremendous role in bringing peace to communities.

He also supported more dialogue in curtailing the farmer-herder classics recorded across the country.

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